There are fewer than 20,000 registered nurses in the state of West Virginia. According to a recent study, less than half of those registered nurses have obtained a bachelor’s degree or higher. There is a need, now more than ever, for bachelor’s-prepared nurses who are trained to lead and manage other nurses. Nursing schools across the state of West Virginia that offer online classes as well as traditional campus settings in addition to distance learning options. Nurses are encouraged to seek information from multiple schools to make the best decision possible.

In our West Virginia RN program guide, find rankings for both ADN and BSN Degree programs, tuition costs, NCLEX passing rates, and more. Research key West Virginia RN Program information to help you compare program metrics and to apply to best RN program for your career in nursing.

In the State of West Virginia, nurses are helping to change the face of healthcare. To ensure that they have the best education and preparation for future health care challenges, registered nurses need to graduate from a state-approved associate's degree in nursing program or a BSN degree program.

Nurses who graduate from an RN program can obtain certification in over 100 nursing specialties, go on to earn an RN to BSN or RN to MSN degree.

BSN degree holders have options to earn an Advance Practice Register Nursing (APRN) degree and become a Nurse Practitioner (NP), or earn an advanced degree for a career in any number of nursing leadership roles such Nurse Educator or Clinical Nurse Specialist.

West Virginia RN Program Comparisons: ADN vs BSN

Compare RN Programs ADN BSN
Number of Nursing Programs 11 14
Average NCLEX Passing Rate 87.73% 86.25%
NCLEX Passing Rate Range 70.94% to 93.32% 79.18% to 95.20%
Average Net Price $11,802.00 $13,337.21
Average Net Price Range $3,546.00 to $21,933.00 $8,457.00 to $21,933.00
Average Student Loan $11,055.55 $13,520.43
Average Student Loan Range $4,644.00 to $16,000.00 $3,563.00 to $19,107.00
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Best Ranked RN Programs in West Virginia

Best Ranked RN Programs in West VirginiaTo help nursing students in their search for a top RN program, the education experts at RNCareers.org publish their annual findings of the best nursing schools for both West Virginia and the country. Schools ranked on our list have proven their ability to educate highly competent nurses.

To create our rankings, we evaluated 9 ADN degree programs and 7 BSN degree programs in West Virginia. We obtained each institution’s first-time NCLEX-RN passing rates, the number of students taking the test, the program nursing accreditation and more. We then compared the results against other nursing programs in West Virginia to provide our state rankings. View our methodology


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94.62 ADN Fairmont State University 1 114 Fairmont Public Campus ACEN, CCNE See School Details
94.57 ADN West Virginia Junior College-Morgantown 2 115 Morgantown Private For-Profit Campus See School Details
94.41 ADN Marshall University 3 122 Huntington

Marshall University is located in Huntington, West Virginia.  They offer an ASN degree through a partnership with St. Mary’s School of Nursing and Marshall University.  They also offer a BSN degree, which is the largest BSN program within a university setting in the region.  They also offer an online RN to BSN option.

Public Campus, Hybrid, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
89.56 ADN Blue Ridge Community and Technical College 4 309 Martinsburg

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College is located in Martinsburg, West Virginia.  They offer an ASN degree option.  Blue Ridge Community and Technical College originated over 40 years ago and was originally called Shepherd Community College.  It was renamed Blue Ridge Community and Technical College in 2006.

Public Campus ACEN See School Details
88.52 ADN Bluefield State College 5 347 Bluefield Public Campus, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
88.11 ADN Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College 6 359 Mount Gay Public Campus ACEN See School Details
86.79 ADN West Virginia Northern Community College 7 417 Wheeling Public Campus ACEN See School Details
86.57 ADN Davis & Elkins College 8 426 Elkins

Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, West Virginia.  They offer an ADN program.  Unique to a community college, they also offer an online RN to BSN program.   The online program can be completed in 12 months and students are kept with small cohorts so that they get to know their online peers.

Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Online ACEN See School Details
78.84 ADN Salem International University 9 613 Salem Private For-Profit Campus, Online See School Details
97.53 BSN West Virginia Wesleyan College 1 26 Buckhannon Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Hybrid ACEN, CCNE See School Details
95.38 BSN West Virginia University 2 80 Morgantown

West Virginia University is located in Morgantown, West Virginia.  The cost of WVU is below the national average, at $7,992 per year for in-state tuition.  They offer a BSN degree; their degree requires that their students log 1,100 clinical hours, 950 of which must take place in an Academic Medical Center with Level I Trauma designation.  They also boast that their 2014 graduating class had a 100% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN.

Public Campus, Hybrid, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
93.70 BSN West Liberty University 3 146 West Liberty Public Campus CCNE See School Details
93.57 BSN University of Charleston 4 151 Charleston

University of Charleston is located in Charleston, West Virginia.  They have several undergraduate nursing options – an ADN degree, a BSN degree and an RN to BSN option.  The RN to BSN degree is completed online and can be finished in as little as 12 months.

Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Online See School Details
87.03 BSN Marshall University 5 347 Huntington

Marshall University is located in Huntington, West Virginia.  They offer an ASN degree through a partnership with St. Mary’s School of Nursing and Marshall University.  They also offer a BSN degree, which is the largest BSN program within a university setting in the region.  They also offer an online RN to BSN option.

Public Campus, Hybrid, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
83.89 BSN Shepherd University 6 416 Shepherdstown

Shepherd University is located in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.  They offer a BSN program, an RN to BSN program and a DNP program.  The RN to BSN program is a hybrid program.  Their nursing department offers five simulation labs – acute care, critical care, mother-child, pediatrics and independent living.

Public Campus, Hybrid ACEN, CCNE See School Details
82.46 BSN Wheeling Jesuit University 7 447 Wheeling Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Hybrid, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details